Friends and family gather to honor Barre murder victim

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BARRE, Vt. (WCAX) Friends and family of Courtney Gaboriault filled a city park in Barre Wednesday night for a vigil in her honor. The 29-year-old Department of Public Safety employee was killed by her former boyfriend July 4.

Pictures are all that is left for friends to remember-- just a few snapshots of who Courtney Gaboriault was. And those who knew her say her beautiful smile showed who she was underneath.

"She was the kindest person. She wasn't just nice, she was kind," said Kate Root, one of the many friends, family, and four-legged companions that filled the Currier Park in Barre City. "Courtney was a huge proponent of animals and adopting animals."

Root says she didn't know her for long but helped organize the vigil. Dozens wrote down memories they shared and lit candles representing the light many say shined brightly in her.

"She was the most bubbly girl you've ever met. You would have never of known she was dealing with such pain," Root said.

A moment of silence for the life that touched so many. Pictures left behind and friends hoping her smile and kindness can be passed on.

"I want her to be remembered for her kindness, her sensitivity, her friendliness, and the light that she brought to everyone's life. I do not want her to be remembered as a victim. Because that is not all she was," Root said.

Because Gaboriault had a passion for animals, dozens brought dog food to the vigil. Friends say they plan to donate the bags to the Central Vermont Humane Society in Courtney's name.